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 Creative County Grant Program Opens 2019 Intake

Lambton's Creative County Grant Program is receiving funding applications for cultural, heritage, and arts initiatives occurring in Lambton County in 2019.  Organizers of new or expanding initiatives are encouraged to apply for funding to cover up to 50 per cent of their project's cost.  Program guidelines and the related online application can be found by clicking on "Creative County" under the "Residents" heading at LambtonOnline.ca.

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The deadline to submit funding applications is 4 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2018.

Since its inception in 2013, the Creative County Grant Program has supported nearly 100 local cultural initiatives or program expansions.  The Creative County Grant Program invests in new and innovative projects that build cultural capacity, strengthen the creative community, define the County's unique identity and enrich the quality of life of all residents.

 Building an Integrated Community Care Model for Sarnia-Lambton

Thanks to a $591,300 grant from the Ontario Health and Well-Being Grant Program, Lambton Public Health (County of Lambton), and its community partners are planning to create an age-friendly community. The two-year project will strengthen and build community support and health services identified in the Age-Friendly Sarnia Community Action Plan. Priorities include an integrated community care model for Sarnia-Lambton linking health and social sectors to support seniors, who are aging in place.

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An age-friendly community supports active, healthy and engaged living for people through all life stages and ability, and fosters civic, economic and social participation.  For more information and to view the action plan, visit www.agefriendlysarnia.com.

 County's Credit Rating Affirmed at 'AA-/Stable'

S&P Global has again affirmed its 'AA-/Stable' credit rating for the County of Lambton.In its 2018 review, S&P Global noted the County's 2017 budgetary performance was better than anticipated, with stronger operating margins and after-capital surpluses.  It added that it believes the County has a "healthy liquidity cushion" that will allow it to advance its capital needs while maintaining a minimal debt burden through 2020.

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The 'stable' outlook reflects the expectation that in the next two years the County of Lambton will maintain a "robust budgetary performance, supported by prudent financial management." S&P Global updates its ratings annually based on a thorough investigation and review of the County's budget, finances and operations as well as the performance of the local economy.

 Daily Lane Closures Scheduled for Lakeshore Road

Motorists traveling along Lakeshore Road (County Road #7) between Mills Street and Mater Drive in the City of Sarnia should expect daily lane closures through the end of the month (October), weather permitting.  Milling and paving work has been awarded to Cope Construction, along with drainage improvements, curb replacements and the resurfacing of the Lakeshore Road - Murphy Road intersection.  Motorists are advised to follow all traffic control signage and to drive in a manner that respects the health and safety of road crews.  Lane closures should be anticipated from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

 Fire Safety

As we move towards winter, residents will have begun using their fireplaces and furnaces to heat their homes.  For your family's safety, consider having these heating devices inspected and serviced by a professional.  Earlier this month, during Fire Prevention Week, residents were asked to, “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”  Here are three actions you can take at home to be fire safe:

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LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home and correct them to prevent fire from starting.

LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency.

LEARN two ways out of every room and practice to be able to get out quickly in a fire.

To learn more, visit EmergenciesLambton.ca.

 Long-Term Care Homes to Host Christmas Bazaars

The County of Lambton's three Long-Term Care Homes will be hosting their annual Christmas bazaars beginning in November

The events support the activities of the Homes' Auxiliaries and will be held as follows:

The (North Lambton) Lodge
39 Morris Street, Forest
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 17

The (Lambton Meadowview) Villa
3958 Petrolia Line, Petrolia
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 24

The (Marshall Gowland) Manor
749 Devine Street, Sarnia
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 8

Items for sale include: art work, baking, jewelry, home décor, woodworking, handcrafted items, cosmetics, and more.

 CALL Speaker Series

The Community Active Living Lambton (CALL) committee is hosting a four-part speaker series highlighting various health-related topics and their link to active living. The second event will be held on November 21 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Strangway Centre. The focus of this event will be on injury prevention and will include a panel of local professionals including Canadian Heptathlete Jillian Drouin who will debunk various myths about exercise and injury.

Injury prevention - athletes running

Whether you are an elite athlete looking to prevent injury in sport, an older adult hoping to prevent injury on the icy sidewalk, or you are just wondering which sport to put your child in, this event will give you practical answers to all your questions. The event is free to any member of the public and light refreshments will be served. Register online here or call the Strangway Centre. Spaces are limited.

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., Nov 7 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m., Dec 12 - Warden's Election

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

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